Is Easter Pagan?
04-21-2011, 12:00 AM (This post was last modified: 04-21-2011 09:46 AM by Vic.)
RE: Is Easter Pagan?
Sarah, you again miss the point. I gave you that Scripture in Romans previously, because it was relevant to understand that those who rejected God, chose to make up gods and worshipped the creatures etc. Now it means something to you? THey had every opportunity to know God, but they chose to follow the vanity of their minds and believe a lie.
I did not say that Christians painted eggs based on a pagan worship practice. I gave a scenario to discuss the what if and so what about it. Anything Christians did and do was to proclaim Jesus Christ, and unless someone was deliberately out to proclaim or worship a false god, and that would mean they weren't of Christ.
Again, I say to you, eggs, painting eggs, resurrection eggs or whatever, that proclaim Christ or the Gospel are NOT A PAGAN PRACTICE. Nowhere in what a Christians is doing in those things is to worship, give a sacrifice to or acknowledge the worship or ritual of a false god. Neither was there a false god named eostre, easter or was there anything connected to any other false god in relation to what Christians were doing in rememberance of Christ. Bede manufactured the information and gullible people who are willing to label and falsely accuse Christians, readily played the telephone game. Without one shred of historical record or proof. That aside from the understanding that not all who claim to be of CHrist are, just as not all under the label of Christian is or has been of God.
If I go into a store and buy a chocolate egg, I am not participating in pagan ritual nor am I worshipping a false god. 'GO into the shambles and buy food...
1Co 10:25 Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake: 1Co 10:26 For the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof.
1Co 10:27 If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for conscience sake.
I did not say Christians based their beliefs on foolish superstition. Pagan religious practices are all based on foolish superstition. I was saying that those who accuse Christians of practicing pagan practices, when for example they paint an egg to proclaim Jesus Christ, are themselves--meaning the accusers--- following a foolish superstition that is not based on Truth. Christ and honoring or proclaiming Him is not a foolish superstition nor based on superstition.
That's the difference between a believer and non. What a pagan does, is what a pagan does and for whom. What a true Christian does, is for Christ, and according to what He calls us to, including knowing we are free from the things that corrupt the world. Christians DO NOT worship bunnies or eggs, which are both made by God. That those things are in the world as a cultural issue for most, for some it's amusing, for some it's fun, for some it's cute....for most Christians it's a non issue, because for Christians, they celebrate Jesus Christ crucified and risen, and are thankful for the seasons, spring, summer, fall and winter, and we can rejoice and make special moments or celebrations about those IF WE WANT TO, always keeping in mind WHO created the heavens and the earth and all that is in it.
Rom 14:4 Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
Rom 14:5 One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.
Rom 14:6 He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.
I know of no Christians who bow down in worship of a bunnie or an egg. DO you know any Christians worshipping a bunny or egg or who are involved in using them to worship or give sacrifice to a false god? How about To sacrifice a bunny to God? IN all my years I have never seen a bunny in a church, being worshipped, sacrificed or otherwise.
Easter is about the Truth of Jesus Christ. And Christians, from Easter Friday or Good Friday through to Sunday --which some call easter sunday and or resurrection Sunday----they know that Jesus fulfilled the passover, as He did all the other feasts, and He was the final sacrifice, He is the Passover Lamb, He died and rose again and Christians take communion, some on Friday, some on Saturday , some on Sunday--some all three....because they have the understanding of the spiritual fulfillment of the original passover, just as the apostles understood and taught. That after Christ died and rose from the dead, everything changed.
It's funny that the whole world knows Easter is about Jesus Christ and the Gospel, including atheists.
And it's just sad and too bad so many who claim to be believers prefer to be seduced into thinking that Easter is about paganism, instead of knowing it's about Christ crucified and Risen from the grave and He's Alive!
In the world but not of the world. That's who we are to be.
One more thought. Sarah you said you use your logic and your analytical mind to determine what's right--which actually means it's not about what the Holy Spirit teaches or provides. However, analyse this.
You have presented information about what you think is the full story of when eggs began to be decorated and hence why all eggs and paint must be evil. However, eggs were eaten from the beginning of time. And since eggs are in your own presentation as part of pagan belief, you had better purge your home of every egg, and every product that has eggs as part of it's makeup, because egyptians for example also made recipes using eggs-including custard. Because otherwise you will be guilty of pagan practices and thought because even to look at an egg must mean you believe the same as the egyptians and others. That also goes for those chickens, lambs, goats, cows, bunnies...any animal, fruit, grass, vegetable, because they are all used by pagans in pagan religious beliefs at some point. And as far as paint, since it was used for pagan eggs, you must eliminate all paint from your home, furniture, walls....oh and if you have have furniture and it set in any way but haphazard, you are likely practicing feng shui, and if you sit or stand in a certain way at a certain time, you are practicing a pagan practice that you need to stop. And if you wear clothes with patterns such as paisley and bright colors, elminate them because you are practicing pagan ways--think India religious beliefs for example. And if you look at a sunrise or sunset and consider it, you are guilty of a pagan religious practice. If you look at the sky or walk in a grove of trees--don't do it, because you are guilty of a pagan practice. If you pray, standing, kneeling, looking up, looking down, bowing, you are guilty of practicing pagan religious practices. Since you are now in the world and everything you do is of the world in some way, you obviously are not of Christ and are hypocritical if you are involved in any of the above, because in Christ, we are free from the world and live to Him
Colossians 3:2-10 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. 5. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: 6. For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: 7. In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. 8. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10. And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Eph 5:1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
Eph 5:2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Eph 5:3 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;
Eph 5:4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks.
Eph 5:5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Eph 5:6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.
Eph 5:7 Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
Eph 5:8 For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:
Eph 5:9 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)
Eph 5:10 Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
Rom 14:16 Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
Rom 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Rom 14:18 For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.
Mat 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. [
3John 1:4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.
Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
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RE: Is Easter Pagan? - melmartinez01 - 07-27-2010, 09:31 AM
RE: Is Easter Pagan? - Vic - 04-21-2011 12:00 AM
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